The Cardiff City player ratings as two men shine but defensive howlers are punished by Burnley

The Cardiff City player ratings as two men shine but defensive howlers are punished by Burnley

Everything Neil Warnock said after Cardiff Citys defeat to Burnley

0:33 Sean Dyche has praised Joe Hart for rising to the challenge since joining Burnley in the summer Sean Dyche has praised Joe Hart for rising to the challenge since joining Burnley in the summer Sean Dyche has praised Joe Hart for rising to the challenge of once again establishing himself as a first-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League following his move to Burnley.

The former England No 1 joined the Clarets in the summer following 12 years at Manchester City, the final two of which were spent out on loan.

It was a goal that came against the run of play – all the momentum was with Cardiff after Murphy registered his first goal for the club on the hour with a superb side-foot finish from Bruno Ecuele Mangas cut-back – and exposed the defensive weaknesses that left Warnock so frustrated. Sean Morrison, the Cardiff centre-half, allowed Gudmundsson to run in behind him and Vokes made the most of the generous space he was afforded in the penalty area.

Hart spent a year in Serie A with Torino before a frustrating spell at West Ham United last season, which led to him losing his place in the England squad for the World Cup.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson did the damage, scoring Burnleys first and setting up the winner for Sam Vokes on a day when Cardiff were entitled to feel the very least they deserved was a point. That they failed to pick up anything says much about their shortcomings at both ends of the pitch. Toothless up front and nowhere near good enough defensively, Cardiff were picked off by a Burnley side who scored from their only two attempts on target.

Share Omnisport Sep 30th 2018 3:09PM Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has told Joe Hart to forget about returning to the England squad despite applauding the Burnley goalkeepers performance on Sunday.

Read more The bigger picture is worrying for Cardiff. They have now failed to win in eight games in all competitions this season – the first time that has happened since the 1964-65 campaign – and it is hard to see things improving for Warnock and his players any time soon. They travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and the away trip after that is Liverpool.

Warnocks side lost 2-1 at home to the Clarets, their fourth successive Premier League defeat in 2018-19.

Sean Dyche, however, took encouragement from a resolute performance and the way Burnley defended so doggedly, especially after losing James Tarkowski to a groin injury in the first half. Its very difficult coming here, Burnleys manager said. They play on the front foot and put balls towards the box from virtually everywhere.

The scoreline did not tell the full story, however, as Burnley spent much of the game under pressure and had to rely on Harts heroics in goal.

Its a cruel game sometimes, Warnock said. But I cant fault the effort. Im disappointed to concede from the only two opportunities that they got. At the level were talking about you shouldnt concede goals like that. I thought it epitomised the whole game that Joe Hart got man of the match. Its a tough defeat to take.

The 31-year-old, who joined Burnley from Manchester City in pre-season, has been vocal about not giving up on his international career despite being left out of Gareth Southgates World Cup squad, but Warnock thinks he should focus his energy on enjoying club football.

Burnley had plenty of problems of their own until recently but back-to-back victories have lifted them to 12th place. In truth they looked way off the pace here for long periods and would have gone behind in the first half but for a fine one-handed stop from Hart, who kept out Kenneth Zohores stabbed left-footed shot.

“I thought it epitomised the whole game that Joe Hart got man of the match. Even I was clapping the save from [Josh] Murphy. It was a fabulous save,” Warnock told reporters.

Todays @premierleague man of the match Joe Hart receives his @SkySportsPL award.   pic.twitter.com/eYqEjGXES8

Weve been beaten by two lapses of concentration, said Warnock, who also felt Cardiff should have been awarded a clear penalty for handball when Callum Patersons shot was blocked.

“Gareth doesnt play like Burnley do, its a different ball game and I think Jordan Pickford is better at playing it out from the back and being a sweeper.

“I didnt see that very often today. I had to laugh when I heard Sean [Dyche] saying about our long-ball game – I dont think they kept it more than two seconds at the back.”

Hart was certainly impressive in goal and made a particularly important save in the context of the game when he tipped Josh Murphys curling shot over the bar.

The win was Burnleys second in succession in the league and, after starting the season with a draw and four defeats, Dyche thinks his side are getting back on track.

“Now weve got another win on the board and the story changes, and we never make grandiose statements, but I think we are getting back to what I want us to be,” Dyche said. “But theres still work that needs doing and plenty of room for improvement.

“Weve had our challenges with two very good players injured, we worked hard in the [transfer] market and didnt get everything we wanted, so that placed an extra demand on the players weve got.

“Then you have to add in the games programme, including two flights abroad and ending with a flight to London with 16 players.

“Thats not an easy task, but my job is to see through all that and still look at what we believe is right for the players.

“They deserve the most credit, for me, because its hard when you are out there, but they have performed again today in order to get a win.”

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